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Ethics Bowl at the Prindle Institute

A different kind of debate at a different kind of place.

Ethics bowl is a debate-style competition that focuses on contemporary moral problems. Unlike typical debate competitions, the judging criterion focuses more on key elements of constructing a well-reasoned argument in a civil manner. The Prindle Institute for Ethics is home to a variety of opportunities to participate in ethics bowl programming. Learn more about all of the Prindle Institute’s ethics bowl opportunities below. Contact Emily Knuth (eknuth@depauw.edu) to find out where you or your team might benefit from one of our ethics bowl opportunities.

Summer High School
Ethics Bowl Invitational

Every summer, high school ethics bowl teams that finish first- through fourth-place in their regional competitions from across the country gather at the Prindle Institute to compete in our summer invitational. Teams and coaches get a taste of college life as they stay in DePauw student housing during the competition. All schools will receive a $1000 travel stipend to reimburse or offset transportation costs. Meals during the event are provided by the Prindle Institute. Registration for this event is currently closed. If you have any questions about the event, please contact Emily Knuth (eknuth@depauw.edu).

Indiana High School
Ethics Bowl Competition

Four high school students sitting behind a table discussing their strategy at a high school ethics bowl competition at the Prindle Institute
A student discussion takes place
in preparation for a debate

The 2019 Indiana High School Ethics Bowl on February 2, 2019 was a rousing success! Herron High School took home the first place prize, with Greencastle High School taking second place honors.

In February 2020, teams from high schools across Indiana will gather at DePauw University and the Prindle Institute to compete for the opportunity to attend the national ethics bowl competition, hosted by the University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill. For more information about the national competition, check out the National High School Ethics Bowl webpage. First- through fourth-place finishers are also eligible to compete in the Prindle Institute’s 3rd Annual national Summer High School Ethics Bowl Invitational in summer 2020.

Please contact Emily Knuth eknuth@depauw.edu with any questions.

DePauw University Ethics Bowl Team

The Prindle Institute has proudly sponsored DePauw teams competing in collegiate ethics bowl competitions for several years. Since 2004, DePauw’s teams have won or placed second at the Central States Regional competition six times and moved on to participate in the Ethics Bowl National Championship Competition. The 2012-2013 team emerged from the Seventeeth Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl Championship as the national champion. Professor of Philosophy Marcia McKelligan coaches the team and selects its members. Additional information about DePauw’s ethics bowl teams can be found here. Any DePauw student who is interested in joining the ethics bowl team should contact Marcia McKelligan (mamck@depauw.edu).

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